Field Burning Conflict Reignites In Idaho - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Field Burning Conflict Reignites In Idaho

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality wants to ease field burning restrictions (Photo From OSU) The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality wants to ease field burning restrictions (Photo From OSU)
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality wants to ease field burning restrictions so farmers can set fields afire on weekends and holidays, but a clean air group says it will go to court to block such a move.

Agency spokeswoman Mary Anderson tells The Spokesman-Review that the changes are intended to help southern Idaho farmers who can farm only on weekends.

She says current rules prohibit burning on days when smoke would go straight up and not cause a problem.

The Sandpoint-based Safe Air For Everyone in 2007 won a legal victory that shut down field burning in Idaho amid health concerns. Burning returned in 2008 following a mediated agreement involving the state.

Patti Gora-McRavin says the group will return to court if the state changes the rules.


      
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